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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

What is Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless Leg Syndrome, also called Willis-Ekbom Disease, is a sensory disorder that causes unpleasant or uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them. Restless Leg Syndrome tends to happen primarily at night, which is why it is commonly treated as a sleep disorder. However, the feeling may also occur when someone is inactive and sitting for an extended period of time.

If you are experiencing restless legs, we will try to determine if there are any medical issues that are causing the restless leg symptoms.

Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome

  • Irresistible urge to move
  • Uncomfortable sensations in the lower limbs often described as aching, throbbing, pulling, or itching
  • The feeling of relief from these sensations with movement
  • Difficulty falling asleep/staying asleep

These symptoms may also worsen at night and improve during the day. Many people may even go through remissions, periods of time where the symptoms completely go away but then come back after a few weeks or months.

How is Restless Leg Syndrome Diagnosed?

The diagnosis is based on your symptoms, descriptions, triggers, relievers, and whether or not you experience these symptoms during the day. Your physician will also take a look at your medical history, family history, and may also run lab tests if necessary. Additional sleep tests may also be something that may be done to rule out any other potential causes.

Treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome

The focus of treatments is to relieve your personal symptoms. Some treatments that may be prescribed include:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Iron supplements
  • Anti-seizure drugs
  • Dopaminergic agents
  • Opioids
  • Benzodiazepines

Tired of not getting a good night's sleep?

Make an appointment with a primary care provider and ask for a referral to Dr. Scott Johnson at Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care.

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